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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 0732265967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732265960
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Demonstrating masterful versatility, Hansen, whose acclaimed Mariette in Ecstasy probed the spiritual experience?and its physical manisfestation?of a young, cloistered nun in upstate New York, writes here about Atticus Cody, a 67-year-old Colorado cattle man who goes to Mexico to retrieve the body of his younger son, an artist, alcoholic and, finally, a suicide. The story of Atticus, with elements of a murder mystery and a close focus on aspects of character generally considered to be male attributes, resembles Mariette, however, in its exploration of love in a purified and highly potent form. A deeply grieving Atticus meets Scott's friends in the town of Resurreccion and copes with the unknowns of a culture far removed from his ranch, where only recently "carrots of ice were hanging from the roof's iron gutters." As the Cody family history, which includes the death of Atticus's wife (mother of Scott, and his older, successful brother) in a car accident in which Scott was driving, is gradually revealed, Atticus comes to believe that Scott's death may have been at another's hand. Effectively employed contrasts?in setting and in character, especially between honorable, disciplined Atticus and the impulsive Scott and his circle, for whom love and failure seem intertwined?carry the story through its increasingly gripping plot. A few, though central, coincidences are the only improbabilities in a story that is stunning for the credibility of its cast and their actions. $50,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The film version of the author's highly praised Mariette in Ecstasy will be out in time to boost sales of this mystery, set on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Atticus Cody, is a 67-year-old Colorado rancher, and his son, Scott, a excellent but plauged artist, have been on edge with one another since his mother was killed in a car accident, in which Scott was the driver. Atticus'insight on life and responsibility is as strong as Scott's is shattered and weak. When Atticus is told of Scott's untimely death off the coast of Mexico, he investigates his son's party-hard lifestyle among the natives, runaways, and distressed seekers of a cure for cancer, hoping to shed light on the loss of his youngest son. Instead what he finds is the assurance that is son has not committed suicide but rather was murdered and the need to unearth the truth not only for Scott but to give him closure. This story told from both the father and son narrative, the story accomplishes both mystery and one of deep emotion between father and son. the characters of Atticus, Scott, and Renata, Scott's part time, part lover, are vibrantly expresseed, and the fake citry of Resureccion is portrayed as real as Mexico City, itself.
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By Greg Loflin on Sept. 30 2003
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Atticus was a slow, but enjoyable read full of vivid imagery. Hansen has the ability to lay a scene in front of the reader's eyes, whether it is a character's bedroom, the jungle just outside Resurrección, Mexico, or the rowdy streets of Boystown. The story of Atticus revolves around a successful cattle rancher named Atticus Cody and his quest to determine the true cause of the death of his youngest son, Scott. Atticus flies down to Resurrección, Mexico, to take care of the remains of Scott's apparent suicide. Atticus comes to believe that his son was murdered, and so, unrealistically, Atticus becomes a crime-solving detective, interrogating Scott's friends and picking up clues. Nonetheless, one cannot help but feel sorry for Atticus, who has to deal with the grief of his son's death, the stress of an investigation, and a spell of Montazuma's Revenge. Hansen has a small host of well-developed characters that help to give some interesting twists to the story. An interesting contemporary mystery story; I recommend Atticus to anyone that enjoys a good sleuthing novel.
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Atticus is a tale of mystery, deception, love and hate. There are many different events in this book which misguide the reader and transpose the plot to indicate serious hurt or endangerment, when really it's a tool of misconception to create a dastardly plot to excite the reader. Now, Atticus is a Colorado rancher who discovers that his creative minded son, Scott has committed suicide in Mexico.
Throughout the story, Atticus is an investigator; this feature creates a twist in the character's format. He's a detective discovering the truth to the reader, while his son frolics around Mexico causing chaos and associating with the wrong crowd and being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and daddy has to pick up the pieces. Yet, I am impressed by the intuition of Scott to "cover up" his troubles.
I congratulate Ron Hansen for creating a story that's both compelling and entertaining on so many levels. Although, there were some lagging scenes with innumerable details I accepted the characters, plot and setting as a compelling story of love, forgiveness, and mystery. I give this book four stars. If you enjoy a good mystery, read Atticus.
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I gave Atticus an overall rating of three because this was just an average book. The plot was good quality, and the characters were well developed. There is something about mystery novels that I really seem to enjoy. Atticus is a lonely old man who has lost a wife and more recently a son. I like the way his persistence on not to let go of his son helps him act like a detective. The religious symbolism is fun to catch and pay attention to also. This is just about all of what I got out of this book. The book wasn't really interesting until about one-third of the way into it. Once I got interested I was determined to finish it, but the ending wasn't what I was hoping for. It was kind of disappointing to see what was really going on in Ressureción, Mexico because I was expecting this big extravagant ending. Some people might like the way it all worked out like it did, but I don't think I would end the book like that. With the beginning and the end of the book on the negative side, the rest of the book gets brought down. The author is a good writer with the way he buts imagery and displays the Mexican culture. If you are looking for a quick mediocre mystery novel, Atticus is your book.
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Atticus tells the story of a man (Atticus Cody) from Colorado and his son Scott, who are different from each other in values and lifestyle. Atticus demonstrates a conservative and disciplined way of life, whereas Scott is creative and more laid back. This first segment of the book is rather boring, as nothing interesting seems to be happening. However, the story redeems its integrity as the main conflict is introduced and the reading begins to pick up its pace.
Atticus eventually receives word that Scott had committed suicide in Resurrecion, Mexico. Devastated, he flies to Mexico to recover his son's body. After some time, Atticus obtains small bits of information that lead him to suspect that his son was murdered. As the story unravels and events take place, the reading becomes more and more intriguing. Ron Hansen keeps the reader in suspense; I couldn't help but to constantly wonder what would happen next. In addition, the author presents many misleading clues regarding the outcome, catching the reader off guard.
Ron Hansen's narrative style enhances the story. He provokes the reader to play an active role in the reading by providing indirect characterization and vague information. This allows the reader to make inferences and come to conclusions without being directly fed the information. Also, the author describes characters, objects, and places in the novel using interesting metaphors and similes. His descriptions give the reader a vividly detailed image of what is being talked about. "Cold snow crunched beneath his gray cowboy boots with the toothgrind noise of cattle chewing. Jewels of sunlight sparked from the whiteness everywhere." (19). This is an example of sheer brilliance. It shows (rather than tells) the reader what it looked and sounded like.
Over all, I would say this novel is a great choice for any reader. With the exception of the slow and boring introduction, this book keeps the reader interested until the end.
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